Schumer said on Friday that Republicans were only planning to release a small portion of documents that would be "cherry-picked by a Republican operative" now working for the former president Bush.
New documents have been released from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton that reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. Democrats are particularly pushing for access to his three years as staff secretary for Bush, but Republicans are not including those documents in the review.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said Kavanaugh was looking forward to speaking with Congress, reports CNN.
The memo provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in the Senate confirmation hearings. The Judiciary Committee said they only plan to release 125,000 documents total.
"He's a mainstream judge".
Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, expects the process to move steadily forward, despite Democrat demands for more time to evaluate Kavanaugh's record.
But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who has promised to fight Kavanaugh's nomination, said in a statement that Republicans were in a "mad rush" to hold hearings after deciding to block almost all of Kavanaugh's records from public release.
While Democrats have argued that Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting, Grassley took the opposite position on Friday, adding that at their current pace, "we have plenty of time to review the rest of emails and other records that we will receive from President Bush and the National Archives". "It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing", Grassley said in his statement announcing the hearing.
Kavanaugh's lengthy paper trail has become a part of a tit-for-tat between Republicans and Democrats in an increasingly tense political battle over his confirmation.
Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Sen.
August 8: Sen. Blumenthal and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats file a Freedom of Information Act request seeking release all of Kavanaugh's White House documents.
On Friday, Schumer blasted Grassley's decision to announce a confirmation hearing as a "mad rush" amid the ongoing dispute over Kavanaugh's records. After the questioning, there will be testimony from close associates of Kavanaugh as well as legal experts and the American Bar Association. "They just don't like the fact that his record shows he is fair, independent and adheres to the Constitution, so they are now resorting to obstruction and gridlock to extend their fishing expedition", Martin said.